Dominican Institute for the Arts
Elizabeth Slenker OP received the Fra Angelico Award 8-2016 at Racine
Here are some examples of her stained glass. Click on an image to scroll through larger views.
Searching for Truth and Beauty. Preaching through the Transforming Power of the Arts
Elizabeth has said:“I want my work to emulate the virtues extolled in the life of Jesus… I have had extensive formal education opportunities but the blank white paper before me is possibly my greatest teacher, as what I put on it becomes a new life that will outlast me. In considering the all the wonderful art of the past, this is a humbling thought.”
Her work bridges many worlds and mediums:
- Her artistic endeavors are multi-faceted ranging from stained glass, photography, graphic design, illustration, drawing, watercolor and painting.
- She taught at the college level for nineteen years before pursuing art as a full time ministry.
- She served as conference artist articulator for the Federation of Dominican Sisters USA and the Dominican Sisters Conference
- Her works can be found in stained glass windows in the Dominican Convent Chapel in Sparkill NY, a tabernacle in St. Louis University and Mercy Center in St. Louis. She enters 5 juried shows a year and has often placed best in show. She is active in the society of Independent artists as past president and present treasurer. She has had many one woman shows, one of which is currently in the Florissant Civic Center in Missouri.
- She has worked at a camp to help inner city children with the arts this summer where she said “It is not the artifacts they produced but the process and what it would do in their lives.”
In 2015 Elizabeth was the artist articulator at the DSC Convocation in Wheeling, Il.
Elizabeth had a one person show at the Bank of America in St. Louis entitled, "This is for the Birds."
"I have been fascinated by birds all my life. They are colorful, can sing beautiful tunes, and can fly. Human beings have been inspired by birds to find ways to also fly. So today we have airplanes, hang gliders, para-sailing, and many other ways to get up there and fly like the birds. Many people spend hours watching birds and learning their habits -- from the majestic eagle to the tiny hummingbird. How thrilling to see the spectacular design of their feathers and watch their movements. So, this exhibit is “for the birds.”